Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Use of Personal Digital Assistants as Tools for Work-Based

The Use of Personal Digital Assistants as Tools for Work-Based
Learning in Clinical Internships
“This paper aims to stress the particular value of mobile technologies in supporting work-based learning.” (Akkerman) The authors wrote this article to pioneer the movement towards hand-held computer and mobile devices. They stress the importance of integrating Ipads, tablets, and other mobile devices to the classroom. “We elaborate on our theoretical interest in work-based learning challenges and the way that mobile devices can help address these challenges. (Akkerman) The authors wanted to show the importance of having students from grad school to college have proficiency in these devices to better prepare them for their future work. This is called work-based learning.
I would love to use this. However the funds would be tight if we bought a Ipad for every student. After saying that, I also do believe that it is possible. All the text books could be on those devices, and that alone would save the school thousands of dollars. In a p.e class we could use them for health lectures and projects. We could use them as our video cameras to record plays and videos. We could use them to edit the video so that they can present it to the class. They also can make power point presentations with them. This would a great tool for a school to have and I know the kids would enjoy them and it would make learning more fun for some of them.
In conclusion the author’s state, “we propose organizing interventions in which students use mobile devices as boundary objects between college and work. This requires the involvement of teachers and workplace supervisors, commitment in changing working routines, and an attempt to turn internships into periods of and bases for work-based learning.” (Akkerman) The authors believe that this is best used in college, and can be used at the high school for the most effectiveness in student learning and preparation to the work force. This form of technology use covers nets-s 2,3,and 6.

Akermann, sanne, and Renea felius. The Use of Personal Digital Assistants as Tools for Work-Based. Iste, 2011. Web. 2 Aug. 2011. .

1 comment:

  1. When laptop computers became affordable, educators brought them into schools and classrooms, believing that with their mobility, laptops will assist learning. We didn't see a big difference in teaching and learning. Now we have a new hype in tablets, particularly iPads. Their real impact on education is yet to be seen. We are positive that they will help teaching and learning, but in what ways? for what types of learning tasks? There are a lot of questions to explore.